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Mary Rocap: Music

Rest a Little Longer

(Mary Rocap)
September 10, 2017
all me

This is a new song on a new instrument: a teal ukulele bought at a surf shop on Ocracoke.

The song is from a prompt: write a happy song in a minor key

I remembered the character Sarah from Cold Mountain who sang a lullaby so sadly to her sickly child, her voice high and strained. This might be what she sang as she waited for its birth a year earlier.

It is also recorded in a totally non-professional manner, at home, at my kitchen table, on some new-fangled device- so the quality is totally lacking. I added this to my website so those in the virtual songwriting group I am in could take a listen.

Rest a little longer

No harm shall come to thee

Great horned owl stands guard this night

On his perch in yonder tree

Songbirds of the woodland

Will greet you in the morn

Ginger tea and honey

Will help you to be born

The moon has kept me company

As months passed one by one

She’s round and full up in the sky

She bids my baby come

 

The cradle is a-waiting

With blankets trimmed in lace

Your papa’s arms will hold you fast

And I’ll gaze on your sweet face

The rose of Sharon will curtsey

Breezes bend down low

Blades of grass will pride themselves

To be the first to know

 

Rest a little longer

No harm will come to thee

Great horned owl stands guard this night

On his perch in yonder tree